A leading British Muslim policeman has said that moves to "terror profile" airline passengers would create a new offence of "travelling whilst Asian".
The British government is reportedly planning a system of profiling where security staff focus their attention on people whose ethnicity or religion makes them statistically more likely to attempt to blow up aircraft.
Ali Desai, a chief superintendent and one of Britain's top Muslim police officers, said of the plan: "What you are suggesting is that we should have a new offence in this country called 'travelling whilst Asian'.
"What we don't want to do is actually alienate the very communities who are going to help us catch terrorists," he said on Monday.
The proposal has sparked outrage among Britain's Muslims but aviation experts said the step was vital to break the gridlock at airports, in chaos since police last week said they had foiled a plot by British Muslims to bomb several passenger planes.
Police arrested a further suspect in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic flights on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people held to 24.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will make a state visit to China this month, the government said today, amid efforts to increase his country’s oil sales to energy-hungry Beijing.
Chavez will visit China on August 22-27, said a brief statement on the Chinese foreign ministry web site. It said Chavez was formally invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao but did not give details of his itinerary or planned meetings.
Since taking office in 1998, Chavez has forged strong ties with Beijing. Oil-rich Venezuela is increasing its fuel shipments to China, which has been looking for new energy sources to fuel its blistering economic growth.
Venezuela, the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter, currently sells 70,000 barrels a day of mainly fuel oil to China, a fivefold increase from 2004. Chavez has said he would like to see total oil exports to China reach 300,000 barrels a day by the end of this year.
Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Snow White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday.You know, naming two out of the seven dwarves in Snow White is not that big a deal. Naming all seven, now that's a good poll question.
According to the poll by Zogby International, commissioned by the makers of a new online game on pop culture called "Gold Rush," 57 percent of Americans could identify J.K. Rowling's fictional boy wizard as Harry Potter, while only 50 percent could name the British prime minister, Tony Blair.
The pollsters spoke to 1,213 people across the United States. The results had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
Just over 60 percent of respondents were able to name Bart as Homer's son on the television show "The Simpsons," while only 20.5 percent were able to name one of the ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."
Asked what planet Superman was from, 60 percent named the fictional planet Krypton, while only 37 percent knew that Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.
Respondents were far more familiar with the Three Stooges -- Larry, Curly and Moe -- than the three branches of the U.S. government -- judicial, executive and legislative. Seventy-four percent identified the former, 42 percent the latter.
Twice as many people (23 percent) were able to identify the most recent winner of the television talent show "American Idol," Taylor Hicks, as were able to name the Supreme Court Justice confirmed in January 2006, Samuel Alito (11 percent).
An Iranian plane was forced to land in Turkey. The plane's destination was Lebanon loaded with revolutionary guards. However, further details of the investigation have not yet been released by the Turkish government. Recently a similar plane loaded with mid-range missiles was forced to return to Iran.
The Russian-made Ilioshin plane is one of the planes that Saddam Hussein sent to Iran during the first Gulf War for safekeeping, when Saddam invaded Kuwait. But Iran never returned them to Iraq. These planes have since been in the custody of the Revolutionary Guard corps.
During the presidency of Khatami, the corps used these planes secretly as their means of transport for themselves and their families and on many occasions, for military purposes without any licence. After the election of Ahmadinejad, the corps immediately applied to the government for a loan in order to set up an air line. The loan was paid from the National Reserves and thus the Pars Airline was established. Many of the Iraqi planes were transferred to the Pars Airline to give their flights legitimacy, thereby increasing the number of official flights including flights to China, Malaysia, Kish Islands, Syria and Belarus. However, the revolutionary guards, who have the complete control of these planes, have continuously been using these planes for secret military missions especially since the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan closed their air traffic for the Iranian flights including Pars Airline flights to Lebanon and Syria. However, with the failure of negotiations to reopen the air traffic, the revolutionary guards have made many attempts to fly over Turkey but each time made to return to Iran. Recently, Israeli and American fighters forced one of these planes loaded with mid-range missiles heading to Lebanon to land back in Iran.
Giving USA, the yearbook of philanthropy, estimates Americans gave total contributions of $260.28 billion for 2005, growth of 6.1 percent (2.7 percent adjusted for inflation). The year 2005 saw extraordinary philanthropic response to three major natural disasters. About half of the $15 billion increase in total giving from the revised estimate of $245.22 billion in 2004 is attributable to disaster relief giving. The other half reflects donors’ commitments to other causes that matter to them. Giving USA is published by the Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Major natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad between December 2004 and October 2005 generated at least $7.37 billion in contributions (2.8 percent of total estimated giving) in 2005. Of the disaster giving, individuals contributed an estimated $5.83 billion, or 79 percent of the estimated total in disaster relief contributions for 2005. Corporations gave an estimated $1.38 billion, or 19 percent of the estimated total of disaster relief gifts. The balance of disaster relief giving, an estimated $160 million ($0.16 billion) based on records from the Foundation Center, was paid by foundations in 2005, for 2 percent of the estimated amount for disaster relief.
“Disaster relief certainly played a role in 2005,” said Richard T. Jolly, chair of the Giving USA Foundation. “Relief contributions are estimated to be roughly 3 percent of the total. An additional $253 billion in gifts supported more than 1.4 million charities including religious congregations, schools, clinics, arts groups, food banks, and more.”
Giving USA reports giving from four sources of contributions—individual (living) donors; bequests by deceased individuals; foundations; and corporations.
Individual giving is always the largest single source of donations. It rose by 6.4 percent. (2.9 percent adjusted for inflation) to an estimated $199.07 billion. It accounts for 76.5 percent of all estimated giving in 2005.
Mexican riot police fired tear gas and used clubs to break up a protest by supporters of left-wing presidential challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.Shortly after the Beeb published this, they changed it.
Leftist lawmakers were among at least 30 people injured in the scuffles outside Congress in Mexico City.
Mr Lopez Obrador's supporters have been camped out in protest at the 2 July election they say was stolen by conservative rival Felipe Calderon.
This is the first time the authorities have used force on the protesters.
Mr Lopez Obrador later told his supporters that the events showed the authorities are "taking off their masks and putting aside their talk of supposed legality and respect".
Mr Lopez Obrador lost the election by 240,000 votes. He alleged fraud, and has since led a mass civil disobedience campaign to demand a full recount.
A court-imposed recount of votes from 9% of polling centres has been completed but the result has not yet been announced.
Mr Calderon told a news conference he was confident the recount would confirm his victory, and called on Mr Lopez Obrador to "reconsider his attitude".
THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.
The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background.
The system would be much more sophisticated than simply picking out young men of Asian appearance. But it would cause outrage in the Muslim community because its members would be far more likely to be selected for extra checks.
Officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) have discussed the practicalities of introducing such a system with airport operators, including BAA. They believe that it would be more effective at identifying potential terrorists than the existing random searches.
According to a survey conducted by the Channel 4 TV station, fully one-third of 18 to 24-year-old Muslims in Britain say they would rather live under the provisions of the Sharia -- Islamic law -- than under United Kingdom law.According to London police, there are between 800 and 1,200 young British Muslims who are prepared to become suicide bombers and kill their fellow British citizens.
Another survey, which questioned Muslims the world over, found that 81 percent of Muslims living in Great Britain identified themselves first as Muslims and only secondly as citizens of their country. Only in Pakistan did more people identify themselves as Muslims first -- countries like Jordan, Egypt and Turkey all showed results below those of Great Britain.